Jesse McCartney? Who in the world is Jesse McCartney?
There was this teenager (?) singing on my television screen during the halftime performance of the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions Thanksgiving football game. His name appeared at the bottom of the screen: Jesse McCartney.
Never heard of him.
Being far older than the aforementioned singer, my mind first went to Paul McCartney. Pardon – Sir Paul McCartney. Perhaps this young man was a son, a relative? I knew I was showing my age, so I was thankful (remember, it’s Thanksgiving) that no one was around to notice my pop culture knowledge gap.
So I did what any normal person in dire need of information on a topic one has never heard of does these days. I jumped to Wikipedia.org.
It turns out that, trivia nut that I am, I had somehow missed a rising actor, a boy band singer, and multi-platinum selling solo recording artist. Jesse McCartney, it turned out, was 21 (not a teenager) and had done quite well for himself over the past decade.
And I had somehow missed him. Avid fan of “TMZ” and “Entertainment Tonight,” talk shows and award shows, I had still managed to miss this guy. I have teenagers in the home who watch “Hannah Montana” and all those other Disney and Nickelodeon tween shows and I still somehow managed to miss this guy.
For those like me, totally clueless as to why this young man was performing during halftime at one of the most watched television events of the year, let me fill you in. McCartney, who is not related to Sir Paul, has been on stage since he was a child. He was part of a boy band, Dream Street, for three years beginning in 1999. He has released three solo albums, the first of which, “Beautiful Soul,” sold over five million copies. He promoted his latest, “Departure,” with Jordin Sparks, “American Idol” for Season 6, on a summer tour that ended in September.
He is also dating actress Danielle Panabaker.
Jesse McCartney started acting in 1998 when he landed a part on ABC’s popular soap opera, “All My Children,” for 8 episodes. Recently, he has appeared in “Law and Order: SVU” and was the voice of JoJo in “Horton Hears A Who” and Theodore in “Alvin and the Chipmunks.”
McCartney is reported to be working with Jordin Sparks with her sophomore album. He established his songwriting credentials when he penned “Bleeding Love” with Ryan Tedder of One Republic. Leona Lewis’ rendition has sold 11 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest selling single of the 21st century.
Needless to say, I was amazed. How did I miss this guy? Generation gap aside, I am an avid music fan (all forms). Admitted, I enjoy music that is less pop oriented for the most part, but I own a Backstreet Boys album (“Greatest Hits”) and watched an ‘NSync concert on the Disney Channel with my son about ten years ago.
Somehow I missed Jesse McCartney.
I was living the generation gap.
(Reading up on him made me miss the rest of the Thanksgiving football game. Not really a game, though, come to think of it. The Titans were stomping the Lions by halftime, 35-10. By the time it ended, Tennessee had added another 12 points. That was it.)
But I have to admit, I was bobbing my head to his tunes as he performed live and I read his biography. If he already wasn’t so successful, I’d say he was going to go far in this business. But then, that does not mean he cannot go further.
Researching the young McCartney took me away from the boring one-sided football game. And I had something else to be thankful for on Thanksgiving…
Not missing Jesse McCartney.